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6D™ Embroidery System

6D™ Software Newsletter - July 2014

In this month's newsletter, see how to create and modify embroidery designs by working with the many tools in 6D™ Embroidery Extra and 6D™ Design Creator. Walk through how to make and personalize one-of-a-kind greeting cards and check out how to view a finished quilt.

Inspired Icons

Inspired Icons

Icon Index

Not sure what the difference is between resize and scale? In 6D™ Embroidery / Extra 6D Embroidery, Resize Resize can be found on the Home tab. In the 5D™ and 4D™ software, Resize Resize can be found on the upper toolbar. To switch between Resize and Scale simply click Resize.

The handles on the embroidery selection show when Resize or Scale is selected. In the 6D™ and 5D™ software there are blue handles for resize, and white handles for scale.

Scale/Resize selection handles

In the 4D™ software, the handles are hollow for resize and solid black for scale, otherwise the function is the same. Change the size of the selected embroidery using free resize or with the mouse. Alternatively, use Modify Design Modify Design in 6D™, or go to the Edit tab to set the exact size in 4D™ or 5D™.

Resize changes the size of the embroidery while retaining constant density. Scale changes the size of the embroidery while retaining constant stitch count. The design is from the Flower folder in Samples. The center design has been scaled 20%. The right design has been resized 20%.


Notice that the stitch count for the scaled design stays the same while the resized version has more stitches to maintain the density. You might want to use scale when stitching out on a different weight fabric, for example to produce less dense stitching when making a design larger or denser stitching when making it smaller.

Scale/Resize differences

Module Mystique

Module Mystique

Module Mystique

Create one-of-a-kind, personalized embroidered greeting cards automatically with 6D™ / 5D™ Card Shop 6D Card Shop. Celebrate any occasion, from birthdays and wedding anniversaries to graduation and holidays. Choose from a folding card with four sections, a postcard with two sections or a single-sided project.

Select from five different sizes, and more than 14,000 theme variations. Adjust design colors and lettering properties to create the perfect card or memento. The Wizard steps you through theme selection, layout, card size and hoop. Once the Wizard finishes, you can personalize the card. For example, you might want to stitch this card out on fabric rather than paper, so you want the lettering to be denser. Simply select the item, then double-click to open the Text Properties.

Text Properties

Card Shop is included in the 6D™ Premier package and it is an add-on product for the 5D™ Embroidery System.

Technique Tune-Up

Technique Tune-Up

Technique Tune-Up

You can bring a background in to see what your design will look like on that background item. Choose from over 2400 garment, fabric and quilt block backgrounds. The Background Wizard Background Wizard loads a previously saved background or walks you through adding a new background for your project.

Once you load the background you can move it around on the screen or fade or brighten the image while you audition your embroideries. In 6D™ Embroidery Extra the Wizard can be found on the View tab, and the background is also shown in Life View. The Background Wizard is also in 5D™ Embroidery Extra, and there are similar features in 4D™ Vision. The background can be printed in both 6D™ and 5D™.

Through the 6D™ / 5D™ Design Creator 6D Design Creator Wizard you can load a background picture into the Draw Window. Choose from the 375 clipart pictures included, or use your own image. When the Wizard finishes, the picture is loaded as a background. You can use this picture to design over in the Draw window with vector drawing tools that are converted automatically to stitches.

Draw window

QuiltDesign Creator QuiltDesign Creator

QuiltDesign Creator QuiltDesign Creator

Technique Tune-Up

You can view your finished quilt without sewing a stitch on the frame or the embroidery machine with 5D™ QuiltDesign Vision! Once you have created your quilting designs for the blocks, borders, corners, and sashings, QuickLink 5D QuiltDesign Vision to the Vision module.

The Wizard steps you through the process to add a photo or image of a quilt, block, or fabric. You can also load a previously saved quilt, block or fabric. Once the Wizard finishes, load your quilting designs with View Quilting Designs View Quilting Designs and/or load embroidery designs with View Embroidery Designs View Designs onto the quilt.

Print Preview

After moving your designs into position, you can see your finished layout in Realistic Mode Realistic Mode. Print the layout with each quilting design enclosed in a box showing the left-lower and right-upper corners, together with its name label and an indication of whether it has been scaled. The printout shows each embroidery in a box with its name label and an indication of whether it has been flipped or rotated. The background is faded so the name labels and designs can be seen easily.

Fun Facts to Know and Tell

Did you know that you can decide whether you want to use 2 cutwork needles or 4 cutwork needles in your design using 6D™ or 5D™ Design Creator? Click on the Modify tab in the Control Panel. Click on Options... then select your preference of 2 Cutwork Needles or 4 Cutwork Needles. You can also include secure points for your cutwork line and stabilizing lines before and after your cutwork line.

Best wishes from 6D™

P.S. Watch for the 6D™ newsletter next month as we look at zooming tools and also using morphing to create multiple designs from a single design.

Vantage Software Support
Vantage Software Support

VANTAGE™ Embroidery Software Support is a membership program which provides education and support of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® & PFAFF 6D™ and 5D™ Embroidery Systems, QuiltDesign Creator and TruEmbroidery™ Software for Mac® computers. The VANTAGE™ program is currently available in the US, Canada, and Australia. Please visit your authorized HUSQVARNA VIKING® or PFAFF® dealer to learn more and sign up today.

This month with VANTAGE™ Embroidery Software Support features Mastering Your Embroidery Software: "Really See Your Image with Life View". In the Technology Corner, VANTAGE™ members will explore "Understanding and Managing File Extensions".


#278 Sparkling Holiday (920406096)

Fill your home with sparkling embroideries this Christmas! Combine the embroideries in this HUSQVARNA VIKING® collection (available next month) into amazing creations or use them individually. Most designs have the option to add yarn. Hoop sizes vary from 80mmx80mm to 360mmx200mm.

PFAFF® Collection

#477 Holiday Line Art (821074096)

It's not too early to prepare to decorate your home and get into the holiday spirit with this wonderful collection of 20 traditional holiday inspired quilt embroideries! This new PFAFF® collection (available next month) is designed especially for the creative™ QUILTERS HOOP 200mmx200mm.